Today’s Book — A Game of Thrones

I’m reading A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin and let me say right here — it’s wonderful.  You should read it too.  If you love fantasy, it’s for you.  If you love great characters, it’s for you.  If you love a good story, it’s for you.

Of course, I’m only on page 252 of 787 so it’s possible that my thoughts will change but I doubt it.  A cold has made it nearly impossible to read the last few days as my addled brain hasn’t been able to focus (so please ignore my rambling this morning and any subsequent typos which I’m sure will occur) but each time I pick up the book, I don’t want to put it down.   The fact that I’m taking cold medicine and keep falling asleep is what makes me put it down.

The world created by Martin is fantastic.  Winter and darkness loom over everything and while summer is still warming the world at this point in the book, you know it’s coming and it seems few, especially the king, are prepared for it.  Did I mention there are dragons too? What good fantasy wouldn’t have dragons?  So far, they’re only legend, but I have a feeling some may find a place in the story.  All right, so I googled the book to find out.  🙂  I like spoilers.

There was one thing that worried me about this book early on — the sheer number of characters.  Each chapter is told from the perspective of one person and a few chapters in I regretted the fact that I wasn’t taking notes.  Thankfully, that worry has passed.  Yes, there are a lot of characters in this book but you soon become able to distinguish each one as they’re drawn so carefully.  It’s an interesting way of telling this story, and while I wasn’t sure about it in the beginning, I have to say it’s grown on me.

I had more I wanted to talk about but the brain is craving a rest.  Enjoy Thursday.

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9 thoughts on “Today’s Book — A Game of Thrones

  1. If you get a little befuddled by the characters, fear ye not—Martin includes a spoiler-free list of the various Houses in the back (of my edition, at the very least). I was so terrified it had spoilers that I avoided it, but it luckily doesn’t.

    • Thanks for the heads up. I’ll have to check my version. I’m reading it on my Nook so I’m not sure if there’s a list in mine.

  2. I avoided this series for years, until this past winter I finally gave in and read the first four books that are currently available. OMG! Why did I wait so long?! I stayed up far too late, too many nights in a row, just because I couldn’t stop turning pages!
    I love his world-building and character creation – his characters are especially amazing – flawed and real. Some “good” people are not likable at all, and some “bad” people are totally lovable! I’m glad you are enjoying the book, and I’m sure that you will get more addicted as you go along, as I did! Hope you feel better soon!

  3. I need to get on this quick before the TV show comes out. Otherwise I will not be able to fully appreciate how much Sean Bean will be nailing it, as I am confident he will be.

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